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Health Plus: Low blood sugar behind high speed crash

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For years an eastern Iowa man has been living with diabetes.

But when the 22-year-old was behind the wheel last month, a medication problem led to a crash that could have killed him.

Jared Jesina's mom knew she had to let her son manage his diabetes pretty much on his own.

But she never dreamed the 22-year-old would end up in a crash so serious, he would be airlifted to Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

 "I started calling his cell phone and the second phone call I made on his cell phone was answered by a sheriff," said Deb Jesina, Jared's mom.

On the afternoon of May 5, the North Liberty man missed his exit when his low blood sugar disoriented him.

"It took a few people like I said to explain that I'd been in an accident. I really didn't believe them," said Jared.

He crashed his car after rolling it in Gilbertville, reportedly driving 100-miles-an-hour.

"I check my blood sugar before I drive every time. I always do, I always have. And I did that day. It's a law. You can't drive your car if you're under a hundred which I was over 100 prior to driving," he said.

The emergency room doctor and his team sprang in to action upon Jared's arrival.

"He was actually combative and not remembering what was going on," said Dr. Hameed Khan, Covenant ER.

Jared says he had a small hole in his lung, fractures and a concussion from the impact-- but amazingly needed no surgery.

"He scathed away with very minimal injuries. He's very fortunate," said Dr. Khan.

Mother and son are grateful for the life-saving response.

"Even the nurse said I can't believe he's laughing with me. She goes, I can honestly say when that call came over, she goes, I really never ever thought I would see that person end up in ICU with me. She goes, when I realized it was him I was almost in tears," said his mom Deb.

Among responders Jared and his mother would like to thank Evansdale, Black Hawk County and Iowa state patrol.

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